Spiritual Practice - Serves What Purpose?
Updated: Mar 21, 2021
It is understood that the concept of consciousness necessitating spirituality originated in the Vedic texts, and it is interesting to note that this concept was considered heretical at an earlier point in time, only eighteen hundred years ago. There are many religions on this planet, along with many methods that claim to contribute to attaining enlightenment. Some propose enlightenment is a self-induced state experienced within, others recommend connection to a deity in exchange for salvation. Do both these ideas serve a similar purpose? How is attaining enlightenment, different than surrendering to a deity?
While twelve step groups recommend, "let go, and let God," other groups suggest that the way to meet the deity is through yourself. It is further suggested that in order to achieve this one must find their center, or Bindu, meditate upon it, learn to observe the body from another perspective, and realize that you are not your experience, but the creator. This all seems easier said than done, but why do anything at all? What purpose does meditation serve, and why on earth would anyone pray a rosary?
From a scientific perspective, meditation does a number of positive adjustments in our brain. What is important to note is that the brain responds to meditation in such a way that it can reduce the impact of trauma by reducing stress, increasing attention span, and developing an awareness of physical sensation. These results assist with integrating the body to spirit. In early trauma, a disconnect can occur, which in later years may be diagnosed as dissociative disorders. Meditation spearheads an integration process that assists with emotional awareness. Why this is important is because understanding the motivations involved with emotions, and how they feel in the body is key to climbing the ladder of enlightenment. Enlightenment is the purpose of human experience. We truly are spiritual beings having a human experience.
The enlightenment process begins with slowing the mind through the application of meditation. Using a Mantra to hold focus, may produce similar outcomes as using a rosary, provided the individual using the device is focusing on a particular point. While trauma can sever the relationship to self in early development, meditation can restore the lost connection. Vital life force is drained through the process of traumatization, oddly this is a relatively new scientific understanding. Life force is necessary for core functions, both psychological, and physiological functions, such as energy production, thoughts, emotions, behaviours, and autonomic functions including heart rate, digestion, blood pressure, breathing, and sleep.
Is your life force at peak vitality, or have you lost vital energy that has impacted you physically, and psychologically due to early developmental trauma? Suffering is a learned state, that can be reconditioned through cognitive therapy, and positive thinking strategies. Although survivors of trauma have difficulty developing a relationship to self, due to the fact that they don't know a disconnect exists, development of awareness plays a large role in the "missing self"predicament. Denial is what keeps people locked in cycles of dysfunction that perpetuate for generations. Personal awareness combined with knowledge about trauma is the key to understanding ourselves, and others we experience in the world.
Conscious living, for some, is life changing because it renews the relationship to self. Honouring the self, by choosing to seek Bindu, brings the reward of self-love along the journey of healing. Dedication to a self-care program that includes meditation, and stress relieving exercise on the road to recovery, is taking a giant step towards bringing vital life force energy back to the living. Be love, light, and seek inner peace.